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Re: Too Many Box Sets?

Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:53:50 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Too Many Box Sets? posted by **Only Sleeping** on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:15:46 AM:

**It's a confusing mess of box sets, versions of familiar albums. In short you have:
**The 1987 original CDs (if you can find them)
**The 2009 stereo remasters, enhanced with the mini videos
**The 2009 mono box set
**The two Capitol albums box sets (they stopped at Rubber Soul)
**The US albums box set (a rip off since all they did is cut and paste from the 2009 set, bastardizing those remaster tracks)
**And the overlapping compilations:
**Yellow Sub soundtrack
**Two Let It Bes (original and Naked)
**BBC 1 and 2
**The Anthologies (3 of them) and BBC sets were essential for Beatle maniacs
**So is the ordinary consumer going to spring for all of those?
**Certainly not!
**The pity is that the mono versions will probably become rare as less and less people, aside from fanatics, buy the very expense box set. I think originally it was supposed to be a limited release, so some thought good, I'm going to buy it as an investment, keep it in the shrink wrap and store it away. A pity, since they are the most faithful for the excellent production of the earlier albums up until Help!. And there are noticeable differences between the next batch of albums through the The Beatles (White Album).
**Of note is that Capitol stopped issuing the box sets, even though Pepper sounded different on the Capitol label than the EMI/parlaphone one, from what I understand. The MMT album was a Capitol Records creation, since all the Brits had was the EP. So they could very well have continued the series with Revolver, Pepper, MMT and Hey Jude but hey, that's just me.
**So help me it is a confusing mess, and they should standardize them. Maybe phase out the awful stereo versions of Please Please Me through Beatles for Sale, which sound like trash. And the first batch could and should have had stereo and mono versions on one CD. That's one thing the Capitol versions did (and the US box set of late).
**Help me out - I would like to know what the rest of you think . And feel free to lambaste me for my blasphemy - god help me if the bean counters at Apple Records find out that they have been ripping off Beatles fans for decades!
*I agree with you for the most part. I acrually like Let It Be Naked because it includes the rooftop performance of Don't Let Me Down (even though it's an edit of 2 performances. Also agree about Anthologies & BBC.A must have. I bought the Capitol box sets 1 & 2 as that's what I grew up with but I'm pissed E.M.I. was so cheap in not combining stereo & mono mixes so I didn't shell out 150 bucks or whatever for mono mixes. I'm way more frugal with my cash. I actually agree 100 % with you. Enough re re re re packaged stuff. Giles DID do a fantastic job on Pepper but I could only afford 2 disc set. I have all the mono mixes on L.P. so idc what they do. As long as they release previously unreleased I'll buy it.

I like it more when someone disagrees with me! There is so much I do not know, I am freely admitting it. Thank you for the kind words.

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